Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Webtalkies '09

Create your own language. Extend the boundary. Take a leap. And reach out to the largest audience you could dream of via webtalkies ’09, an online film festival hosted by

Webtalkies invites films, both fiction and non-fiction, across genres and languages. The only constraint would be in terms of the film duration which will have to be between min 3 to max 15 minutes. The shortlisted films will be screened on and simultaneously judged by our panel of judges including filmmakers like Paromita Vohra and Amol Gupte, film editors like Deepa Bhatia and cinematographers like Mahesh Aney.

The best three films will be chosen by the jury as per the following categories and will be awarded prize monies as follows:
• Best Short Film : Rs 50,000
• Best Editor : Rs 25,000
• Best Cinematographer : Rs 25,000
In addition, the film that gets the highest number of views on will be awarded the
• Audience Choice Award and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000.


The film will have to be based on an original story. It can be either fiction or non-fiction.

The year of production of the film should be between 2006 - 2009. We will not accept films made prior to 2006.

Films in all languages are welcome. However, non-english films will have to be subtitled in English.

You can use any kind of camera to make the film – right from a mobile phone to a high end camera.

There is no restriction on the number of movies you submit to the festival, but each movie will be considered as a separate entry and has to be submitted with separate submission forms.

Your movie should not have been released or published anywhere on the theatrical, television or online space prior to the festival.

Films with pornographic material will be rejected and queries not entertained.

Please ensure that you have the rights to all material (video, audio, music, songs, photographs, etc) used in your film or that it is royalty free. In case of copyright issues shall not be liable and the film shall be out rightly rejected without any explanation thereof.

The copyrights of the film will lie with the filmmaker.

The distribution rights of all the films submitted will lie with After the festival the filmmaker can distribute the films on other mediums.

The film will have to be between 3 to 15 minutes inclusive of the credit titles.

The submission form attached along with this mail will have to be filled in by the filmmaker and sent along with the dvd. We will not accept Entries with incomplete forms. Please ensure that all details are provided.

The film along with the submission form have to be sent to : Networks Private Limited, 24, Aaram Nagar Part 2, J P Road, Versova, Andheri West, Mumbai 400061.


1. Entries open 1st June, 09 to 15th July, 09. No entries will be accepted after 15th July.

2. There is no entry fee.

3. Film format - *.avi

4. Video formats accepted:
(i) NTSC (720 x 480 pixels)
(ii) PAL (720 x 576 pixels )
(iii) SECAM (768 x 576 pixels)

5. Please burn your film as a data file on a DVD. The DVD should be marked with the name of the film, filmmaker, duration, email id & phone no.

6. The shortlisted films will be notified by mail on 1st August, 09 and the films will be put up on

7. The rejected films will be notified by mail.

8. The best three films selected by our esteemed jury members will be declared on 7th September, 09.

9. The winning films will be screened at INOX, Nariman Point on the 27th of September 09 and the jury will present the cash prizes.

10. Any changes in dates will be notified.

About is an online broadcast platform based in Bombay and has the largest viewership of Entertainment content in South Asia. We have over 30 million videos viewed everyday through our network of widgets placed across 11,000 plus publishers. We work with some of the biggest names in the television industry and have a bouquet of television channels like Star Plus, Colors, MTV, Channel V, Times Now, Zoom, ITN UK and Zee News to name a few. owns an online channel called 'Mirch Masala' which showcases short films and documentaries. It provides opportunity and a platform to filmmakers across the world to screen their films and generate revenue on them. The film festival will run on Mirch Masala.

For any further queries please write in to Priyanka Bhuyan at or call on (022)26323338

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